On/Off Grid (steps 1,2,3)

       This was one of the first assignments we had received in Arch101 course where we study the basics of design. In the previous years, students had struggles when it came to designing where they were always thinking in some kind of a grid mentality. This limited them and they could not discover further design ideas which do not reform to the grid idea. In order to solve this problem,

     In order to solve this problem, On/Off-grid assignment is designed to break this limiting factor and change the perception about the usage of the grid during the design process. Grid is a tool that makes a design coherent when used moderately. Breaking the grid system and sometimes obeying it, can improve decision-making. When deciding the positioning of the elements,  using a grid system suggests possible good solutions. Although this helps when designing, excessive use of this will result in designs where the possible relations aren’t thoughtfully discovered.

      As for the first step of this assignment, we were supposed to generate a grid system where the intervals between the lines were a design concern. While doing this I decided to choose small intervals which was 1 cm in x & y. This created problems for me during the next stages of this assignment where I had many elements in terms of the grid structure and in terms of the number of points I had to control. Other possible proposals had much bigger intervals which resulted in much fewer points and lines to control. Choosing a bigger interval would have been wiser for me.

     During the second step, we placed a tracing paper over the grid we produced in the first step and tried to discover the potentials of this grid system. Using the operations, cut&paste and move, we tried to break the alignment and study the non-alignment condition.

    For the third step adding new points were introduced but because I already had too many elements, considering the small intervals, I had difficulties controlling the design.

Image 1: An attempt for step 3

Author: ersanilktan

Architecture student at TEDU

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